bocce rolls in

Typically known as a sport and pastime dating back thousands of years, bocce was popularized in the United States by Italian immigrants – many of whom considered the game a part of their DNA.

Committed to nurturing the sport’s growing popularity, Yorkville Sports Association (YSA), an organizer of community and corporate athletic leagues, has announced the addition of bocce to its roster of offerings in Westchester.

Most easily described as a first cousin to lawn bowling, bocce can be played with two people or by two teams of two to four people. The game begins with rolling a smaller ball, known as the “pallino” (often referred to as jack, pallina or cue ball) on the court. Players or teams then take turns rolling larger balls on to the court with the goal of getting his or her ball closest to the pallino. Turns can also be used to push the opposing team’s ball away from the pallino.

Today, players turn to bocce as a socially engaging, entertaining, and competitive activity. Bocce courts are popping up in parks, apartment complexes, schools, backyards, and retirement communities. One reason for its popularity is that it can be played by people of any age or skill level. The standard bocce ball weighs only two pounds and is thrown underhand, making it a great game for just about anyone.

“I’m thrilled to see the number of people in the local community who are interested in bocce,” says Al Morales, CEO and founder of YSA. “After all, the sport is fun for people, young and young at heart, and it’s a great way to socialize and partake in some friendly competition.”

For more information about Yorkville Sports Association and their ages 50 plus leagues in bocce, kickball, and softball, contact Al Morales at 914-962-8390 ext. 10 or email;

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